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A relative newcomer on the block, Synthetic or Engineered Roof Tiles can have the appearance of slate, terracotta, shakes, etc. and can offer the same high or higher durability at a lower cost. Most of today's synthetic roof tiles are fire retardant, have high impact resistance, are rated for high winds over 100mph and offer a manufacturer's fifty year or even lifetime warranty.

Sythtic Roof Tiles are often installed in a fashion similar the their "natural" counterparts but may require less structural support as they are often lighter than heavier stone based materials.